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More than 30 killed including Students and foreigners in car bombing at busy checkpoint in Mogadishu

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More than 30 people have been killed by a car bomb blast during morning rush hour in Mogadishu, Somalia capital today.

The blast took place at the Ex-Control checkpoint in Mogadishu. Police described the blast as ‘devastating’ and at least 90 civilians, mostly students, are believed to have been injured in the explosion.

Officials say at least 30 people were killed and dozens wounded when a huge car bomb exploded at a busy junction on the southwestern side of Mogadishu.

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Witnesses say the blast occurred at a security checkpoint at an intersection used by vehicles leaving and entering Mogadishu from Afgoye town. Mogadishu Mayor said that truck bomb was used.

Early reports indicated the vehicle filled with explosives was targeting a busy taxation office at the junction where vehicles stop to pay their road taxes.

The first pictures from the scene show at least 15 dead bodies lying on the ground. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. However, the al-Qaida-linked terror group al-Shabab has carried out similar attacks in the past.

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